Get ready to enjoy the BEST Orange Milkshake EVER! I'm not even kidding. I could not believe how easy and delicious this drink is.
Do you remember Orange Julius? I'm not even sure if they are around anymore, I haven't seen one in ages. When I was a kid, there was a kiosk in the mall that sold Orange Julius drinks and I loved them!
This orange milkshake takes the original Orange Julius drink to another level! It's like an Orange Julius and an Orange Creamsicle all whipped up into one drink!
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The first time I made these, I was making a birthday breakfast for Jeff, and thought I'd use the blender to make some kind of a drink for breakfast. I had some fresh oranges, so I thought... hey, let's make something like a fresh squeezed orange juice in the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender.
I threw random ingredients in the blender and oh boy! The result was magically delicious!
The original one I made wasn't quite as thick, so I did play around with the recipe to get more of a milkshake feel. Let me tell you, though, every single test of this recipe was delicious!
What Oranges are Best for this Milkshake?
Personally, I like to use Cara Cara oranges. They are large oranges and have a nice sweet flesh and no seeds! YAY!
Cara Cara oranges are a type of navel orange, but they are a little sweeter and less acidic than many navel oranges.
You can certainly use any oranges you like and, if your oranges are smaller, just make sure you have about 2 cups of orange flesh for the best flavor.
Can I Substitute Milk for the Heavy Cream or Make it Non-dairy?
Certainly. Just keep in mind that your milkshake will be thinner.
You can also substitute alternative milks, such as almond or coconut milk to make a dairy-free version.
If you want a dairy free orange milkshake that is rich and delicious, try using the coconut milk/cream that is sold in a can. That will give that same rich and creamy feel as heavy cream does.
Do I Have to Use Sugar?
Nope. I only added it because I wanted my milkshake a little sweeter. It was still delicious without the sugar.
You can also use your favorite sugar substitute or honey.
Is the Orange Oil necessary?
Nope! I made several batches without any orange oil or orange extract and they were delicious.
I will say that adding in the orange oil took the milkshake to another level of yumminess!
You can also substitute orange extract for orange oil. If you have never used oils in cooking, I hope you give them a try. They have some great flavors and don't have that alcohol taste of extracts.
Can I make this Orange Milkshake in any Blender?
Sure! As long as your blender has the capability of crushing ice into snow, it will work for this recipe.
I have had many blenders in my lifetime and none of them worked as well when it came to crushing ice as the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender.
I've never had a Vitamix, but I'm sure that would do the trick, as well.
Just make sure you don't overblend, especially with a Vitamix because the friction of the blades while they are spinning create heat and you don't want to heat up your orange milkshake.
Here is a breakdown of the Ice Cream function on the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender so you can mimic the same function on your blender if you don't have the NFC&H blender.
The ice cream function is a 1-minute and 10-second cycle.
- 1:10: 2-second fast blend, followed by a 2-second pause. This repeats 5 more times times.
- 0:46: Starts at a medium speed continuous blend for 6 seconds
- 0:40: Without pause it picks up speed for a faster blend for 10 seconds
- 0:30: Without pause it picks up even more speed for a super blend that lasts the remaining 30 seconds.
Can I Make a Different Flavor Milkshake?
Of course! You can use this basic recipe and substitute a different fruit for the oranges.
Just keep in mind that some fruit has more water content than others and the amount of pulp can make a difference in thickness, as well.
That's the fun of it, though, get creative. Have fun. Whip up something that you LOVE!
I added a little bit of brandy to my Orange Milkshake and, let me tell you.... it was good, REALLY GOOD!
I've also made a Chocolate Frosty that is equally delicious and you know what? I might combine the two next time by pouring half a glass of a Frosty and topping it with the Orange Milkshake! YUM!
How to Make an Orange Milkshake in the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender
Peel and remove the flesh from the oranges. Remove any seeds if present. Be careful not to remove too much of the pith (white part) of the orange or your milkshake might be a little bitter.
Add the oranges to the blender, and then add the remaining ingredients in the order they are listed.
- Orange oil or extract
- Heavy Cream
Select the Ice Cream Function and when it is complete, serve & enjoy!
- Ninja Foodi Cold and Hot Blender
- 2 large Cara Cara Oranges
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2½ cups ice
- ⅛ drops orange oil or ¼-½ tsp orange extract
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Add ingredients in the order they are listing into the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender
- Select the ice cream function
- Serve & Enjoy!
ABOUT THE RECIPE AUTHOR, LOUISE LONG
Louise is a full-time recipe creator and food blogger @ The Salted Pepper. She has over 30 years of experience with cooking and recipe development. She owned a restaurant for several years and was a full-time RN until retiring to blog full-time.
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Seeing the need for easy, delicious, and high quality recipes, she is focusing all of her efforts creating recipes specifically for the Ninja Foodi. Her recipes are easy for the home cook to follow and provide step-by-step instructions.
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